JK Rowling Fast Facts

Father: Peter Rowling, aircraft factory director

Mother: Ann (Volant) Rowling, laboratory assistant

Marriages: Neil Murray (December 26, 2001–present); Jorge Arantes (1992–1995, divorced)

Children: with Neil Murray: Mackenzie Jean and David Gordon; with Jorge Arantes: Jessica

Education: University of Exeter, BA in French and Classics, 1986; Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh, 1995-1996, Graduate Certificate in Modern Languages.

Other facts

Born JK Rowling (pronounced rolling), she said her publishers wanted a different initial, so she gave herself the middle name Kathleen after her paternal grandmother.

The Harry Potter films have been nominated for 12 Oscars.


1971- He writes his first book “Rabbit” at the age of 6.

1987 Works as a human rights researcher at Amnesty International.

1990Comes up with the idea for Harry Potter while traveling by train from Manchester to London.

1991-1993 Teaching English in Portugal.

1994- About government aid and life in Edinburgh, Scotland, she writes Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in coffee houses while her daughter naps.

June 26, 1997 – “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” published in the UK. It comes out in September 1998 in the USA.

July 2, 1998 – The second book in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets series is published in the UK. It comes out June 2, 1999 in the US.

July 8, 1999 – The third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, has been released in the UK. It comes out September 8, 1999 in the US.

1999Nancy Stouffer is suing US publisher of Harry Potter books Scholastic for trademark infringement. Stouffer claims that elements of the Harry Potter series were taken from her 1984 book The Legend of Ra and the Muggles.

July 8, 2000 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book in the series, is published simultaneously in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

March 2001 – Two books have been published, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages, which appear in the Harry Potter book series. Proceeds of over £17 million donated to Comic Relief charity.

November 2001 The first Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone movie opens.

2002- A 1999 lawsuit against Scholastic was dismissed when a judge ruled that Stouffer had “committed fraud” in court.

June 21, 2003 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is ​​the fifth book in the series.

2004Forbes estimates Rowling’s net worth at $1 billion, making her the first billionaire author.

July 16, 2005 – The sixth book of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been published.

September 6, 2005 Presentation of the official portrait of JK Rowling for the National Portrait Gallery in London.

July 21, 2007 The seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released and sold 8.3 million copies in the US in the first 24 hours.

October 2007 Together with Warner Brothers, he is suing RDR Books for copyright infringement of the Harry Potter brand. RDR plans to publish an encyclopedia of seven Harry Potter books. Rowling plans to release her own book of the same nature, with the proceeds going to charity.

June 5, 2008 Delivers starting address at Harvard University and also received an honorary degree.

September 8, 2008Wins a lawsuit against Steven Ian Vander Arc of RDR Books, author of the Lexicon of the World of Harry Potter. The decision blocks publication and awards $6,750 in damages.

September 20, 2008Announces that she has donated £1 million to the Labor Party.

January 16, 2009Vander Ark’s rewritten and renamed Lexicon: The Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Material has been released. This book is meant to be a complete reference to all seven Harry Potter novels.

February 2009 – French President Nicolas Sarkozy presenting Rowling with the Legion of Honor.

June 2009 – Rowling and her British publisher Bloomsbury are named in a lawsuit filed in London when relatives of writer Adrian Jacobs, who died in 1997, allege that Rowling plagiarized her fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and other material from Jacobs’ 1987 book” The Adventures of Wizard Willy.

2010 Donates £10 million to Edinburgh University Research Hospital. Ann Rowling Clinic for Regenerative Neurology named after Rowling’s mother, who died in 1990 from complications related to multiple sclerosis.

June 18, 2010 – Grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando.

November 19, 2010 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is released in the UK and US.

January 2011 – A federal judge in New York dismissed a U.S. plagiarism lawsuit filed by Jacobs’ relatives.

June 23, 2011 – Through YouTube, Rowling is announcing a new project, Pottermore.com, which will be part digital interactive playground and part e-shop where the entire Harry Potter series will be available as e-books for the first time.

July 15, 2011 – The latest film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, is being released in the US and the UK.

July 2011 – A British plagiarism lawsuit filed by Jacobs’ relatives ends after the plaintiffs fail to pay a set security deposit.

November 24, 2011 – Testifies before the Leveson Inquiry on journalistic standards in the UK. In her testimony, she analyzes portions of her 33-page statement dated 2 November in which she states that some members of the British journalistic community engage in “…conduct that is illegal and, I think, unnecessarily intrusive”.

September 27, 2012 – A new book, Random Vacancy, is published, her first novel specifically for adults.

July 14, 2013 – In a media statement, Rowling reveals that The Call of the Cuckoo, a crime novel by Robert Galbraith published in April 2013, was indeed written by her.

March 8, 2016 – Rowling begins publishing a series of short stories called The Magic of North America on Pottermore.com. The four-part series airs daily through March 11.
July 30, 2016 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens with a two-part play in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre. Production opens in six countries on four continents.
November 18, 2016 – Rowling’s screenwriting debutFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theaters.

November 2018 – Rowling is filing a lawsuit in Scotland against Amanda Donaldson, his former assistant. Donaldson was fired in February for theft.

November 16, 2018 – “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”. written by Rowling, opens in theaters.

April 4, 2019 – The Scottish judiciary has ruled that Donaldson must pay Rowling £18,734 for fraudulently misrepresenting missing funds.

December 19, 2019 – Rowling tweeted in support of Maya Forstater.a woman who lost her job after suggesting that transgender people could not change the biological sex they were born with.
June 10, 2020 – In an essay published on her website, Rowling explains her views on gender identity after facing criticism for her controversial tweets that some perceived as transphobic.. In the 3600-word article, Rowling writes why she joined the polarizing trans debate in the UK, revealing that she has “survived domestic violence and sexual harassment” and is “preoccupied with single sex space”.
October 12, 2021 – “Christmas Pig” Rowling’s first children’s novel since Harry Potter has been published.

March 29, 2022 – The third Fantastic Beasts movie, Dumbledore’s Secrets, premiered in London.